Cadets make a splash for Fisher House

A group of amazing cadets aged 12 to 18 years old from 2028 Southam Squadron RAFAC in Warwickshire, have carried out their annual sponsored swim to help UHB Charity support Fisher House UK in Birmingham.

2028 Squadron has been raising money for our charity for many years with only the COVID lockdown interrupting their amazing efforts. The Cadets and Staff gathered at Southam Leisure Centre Swimming Pool, accompanied by Mr Ray Kirton as well as parents who stayed to help.

They swam an incredible collective distance of 18,550 metres which is 11.5 miles! That's just under a third of the distance from their base in Warwickshire to Fisher House in Birmingham!

In doing this they have managed to raise more than £1,240 and are still receiving donations until the end of Janurary as they continue to support our Home away from Home.

Fisher House is funded completely by charitable donations and recognises the tremendous sacrifices of our military men and women in the armed forces.

The 18 bedroom, purpose-built building offers injured military personnel, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a place to stay for themselves and their families while they are having treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Military personnel who are receiving treatment for illness – from cancer care to transplants are also able to stay.

At Fisher House families can stay in a secure and supportive environment just minutes away from their loved ones for as long as they need without any charge. This eliminates the stress of finding somewhere to stay, financial strains as well as the pressures of travelling back and forth to the hospital. The large family bedrooms have en-suite facilities and disabled access throughout. There are also communal areas so patients can get out of the ward and spend time with their families, friends and colleagues in a non-clinical environment.

The house is expertly managed by a wonderful team who are always on hand to lend a supportive ear and since 2013 the team have welcomed over 6,000 families through the front door and have provided over 35,000 nights of accommodation so far.

This incredible facility relies solely on donations to keep it running, year after year.

Click here to help us support injured or ill military personnel and their families